This post is authored by Alan Yu, Program Manager, SQL Server. We are excited to announce the release of SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) 17.5!

Download SSMS 17.5 and review the Release Notes to get started. SSMS 17.5 provides support for almost all feature areas on SQL Server 2008 through the latest SQL Server 2017, which is now generally available.

In addition to enhancements and bug fixes, SSMS 17.5 comes with several exciting new features: SSMS 17.5 also includes key bug fixes to Showplan, Query Editor, SMO, and Templates, which can be found in the Release Notes. SQL Data Discovery and Classification introduces a new tool built into SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) for discovering, classifying, labeling and reporting the sensitive data in your databases.

Discovering and classifying your most sensitive data (business, financial, healthcare, PII, etc.) can play a pivotal role in your organizational information protection stature. It can serve as infrastructure for: Data Discovery & Classification includes a set of new capabilities, forming a new SQL Information Protection paradigm aimed at protecting the data, not just the database: To learn more, go to our get started page.

Try it out and let us know what you think! You can message us on our twitter @SQLDataTools. Read more from blogs.technet.microsoft.com…

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